I spent quite a bit of time enjoying this infographic created by Alta Mira Drug and Rehab facility. I appreciate how understanding of neuroplasticity depends on unlocking the science of brain research and what we actually know. Take some time to read through the images and head on over to Big Think for the actual article.
One example of a recent discovery with major implications is our further understanding of neuroplasticity. Simply put, we used to think our brain was what it was — unchangeable, unalterable. We were stuck with what nature gave us. In actuality, our brains are like plastic. We can alter neurochemistry to change beliefs, thoughts processes, emotions, etc. You are the architect of your brain. You also have the power to act against dangerous impulses such as addiction. The therapeutic possibilities here are endless.
The more I research historical perspectives of Alzheimer's disease and current findings with a critical eye I continue to gravitate towards epigenetics and bodies of research that reveal important discoveries of the aging brain in the context of vascular and immune system aging in parallel with social, behavioral, and contextual influences on cognitive decline over the lifespan.